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Applications to cut timber

  • GR-0179
  • Series
  • 1890-1908

The series consists of records created by the Lands Branch between 1890 and 1908. The series contains registers of applications to cut and carry away timber, vols. 1-2, 4-11, (vol. 3 is missing). The registers give letter inward number, application number, copy of notice in Gazette, license number, and location. Each volume contains an index to applicants.

British Columbia. Lands Branch

Commission on Timber and Forestry, 1909

  • GR-0271
  • Series
  • 1905-1910

The series consists of records created by the Royal Commission on Timber and Forestry between 1905 and 1911. The records include transcripts of evidence, written submissions, abstract of evidence, reports, correspondence and other supporting material.

British Columbia. Royal Commission of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry

Forest Branch annual reports

  • GR-0315
  • Series
  • 1916-1930

This series consists of five volumes of annual reports of forest fires from the Forest Branch from 1916-1930. Reports record detailed information concerning location, damage, and causes of fires throughout British Columbia. Vol. 1, 1916-1918; vol. 2, 1919-1921; vol. 3, 1922-1924; vol. 4, 1925-1927; vol. 5, 1928-1930.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Special Timber Licenses

  • GR-0342
  • Series
  • 1884-1920

This series consists of 117 volumes of special timber licences from 1884-1920.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Commission on Forest Resources, 1943-1945

  • GR-0520
  • Series
  • 1944-1946

This series consists of records of the Commission on Forest Resources (1943-1945). Records consist of transcripts of proceedings of public meetings of the commission, exhibits received, correspondence, arguments, secretary's record book of sittings and subject index to proceedings. A subject index to proceedings was created by the commission and is located in boxes 1 and 2. This finding aid gives a list of exhibits and file list of other records. Immediately following the inquiry, many of the exhibits were transferred to the Forest Service Library and are therefore missing (see box 9, file 1).

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1943-45)

Commission on Forest Resources, 1955

  • GR-0668
  • Series
  • 1955-1957

This series consists of records of the 1955 Royal Commission on Forest Resources, led by Commissioner Gordon McGregor Sloan. Records include transcripts of evidence, exhibits, proceedings, arguments, and report synopsis. Box 1 contains a bound index of commission records. It should be noted that some exhibits are missing from this unit. They were never received by BC Archives and their location is unknown. Some page numbers were not used in printed volumes.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1955-57)

Reports on cruise and logging conditions

  • GR-1001
  • Series
  • 1922-1931

This series contains reports (4 vols.) on cruise and logging conditions by Ryan, McIntosh Timber Co., Ltd. for land assessment purposes. Includes character of timber, soil, and surface and information on logging operations, log grades, and general conditions.
The records are arranged by lot and section numbers, Land District, and Assessment District.

The series contains the following volumes:
Vol. 1, Alberni and Comox Assessment Districts;
Vol. 2, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Saltspring, and Victoria Assessment Districts;
Vol. 3, Golden, Kettle River, Nelson, Prince George, and Revelstoke Assessment Districts;
Vol. 4, Crow's Nest Pass Lumber Co. lands.

British Columbia. Surveyor of Taxes

Administrative records

  • GR-1002
  • Series
  • 1972-1980

This series contains administrative and subject files relating to natural resource development and environmental policies. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, briefs, etc.

In 1971 the Environment and Land Use Act (S.B.C. 1971, c. 17) established the Environmental and Land Use Committee (ELUC) as a committee of the Executive Council of British Columbia. The committee was to establish and recommend programs to increase public awareness of the environment, to ensure that environmental concerns were fully considered in the administration of land and resource development, and to make recommendations and reports to the Executive Council. The committee was empowered to conduct public inquiries, appoint technical committees, and hire experts, specialists and researchers. Although little else was done in 1971-1972, the foundation for a full-fledged committee of cabinet had been laid. One of the first actions of the New Democratic government, elected in September 1972, was to utilize the ELUC structure as the basis of a powerful decision-making body. In May 1973, Robert Williams, Minister of Lands, Forests and Water Resources formed the ELUC Secretariat headed by a Director with Deputy Minister status and consisting of three sections with a staff of over one hundred. The ELUC Secretariat was the first time in B.C.'s political history that a permanent staff served a committee of cabinet. The Secretariat conducted studies on economic development, made recommendations to cabinet on the rationalization of resource and land use policies and provided information directly to Ministers. By 1975, ELUC had a membership of nine out of a cabinet of nineteen and was the decision making core of the government as far as resource development was concerned. The work of the Secretariat was thus central to all resource and land use policies. After the formation of William Bennett's Social Credit government in 1975, a formal cabinet committee structure was initiated in all areas of policy. The Environment and Land Use Committee was not part of this structure and the newly formed Economic Development Committee took on the chief role in coordinating resource, environment, and land use policy. Although ELUC was still nominally a cabinet committee, its importance was greatly reduced. The Minister of Environment became the chairman of ELUC and the scope of the Secretariat was diminished. The Secretariat's staff was entirely absorbed by the Ministry of Environment and there were budget cuts. Despite this reduced role, ELUC and its Secretariat were still functioning as a vehicle for advice and recommendations for a coordinated resource development policy. For most of 1978, the members of ELUC were the Ministers of Environment, Agriculture, Economic Development, Forests, Health, Highways and Public Works, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Recreation and Conservation. The role of the Secretariat was to conduct integrated resource development planning, policy and procedure studies, to implement impact assessments of major resource developments, and to advise on Agriculture Land Reserve matters.

British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat

Letterpress reference books of surveyed land

  • GR-1058
  • Series
  • 1908-1914

This series contains letterpress reference books of surveyed land, usually including name of land holder and lot number. The entries are arranged by land district for each reporting date. These lists were published later as notices in the British Columbia Gazette. These books were used by the Dept. of Lands to record file numbers and other information concerning the process.

British Columbia. Surveys Branch

Nelson Forest Region operational records

  • GR-1119
  • Series
  • 1922-1981

This series contains operational records of the District Forester/Regional Manager relating to forest administration and lumber management. Includes annual reports, records relating to cooperation with other resources ministries, Public Sustained Yield Units, range management, and construction and maintenance reports relating to forest roads, boathouses, ranger stations, and other structures.

British Columbia. Nelson Forest Region

Report

  • GR-1125
  • Series
  • 1910

Report on forest fire fighting in the Province of British Columbia, in 1910 season. Submitted by W.C. Gladwin, Chief Provincial Fire Warden to the Honourable W.R. Ross, Chief Commissioner of Lands.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Registers of timber leases and royalties

  • GR-1184
  • Series
  • 1872-1913

This series contains registers of timber leases and royalties (7 vols.). The series also consists of registers of leaseholds and licences maintained by the Lands and Works Dept., Victoria and the Timber Inspector, Vancouver; journals of timber lease payments in arrears (1891-1910), and a ledger of timber royalty payments (1908-1913). Volume 7 is oversize.

British Columbia. Office of the Provincial Timber Inspector

Appeal book and judgements

  • GR-1208
  • Series
  • 1906

This series contains an appeal book and judgements of the British Columbia Supreme Court in the case of James S. Emerson, timber dealer v. Robert T. Skinner, Provincial Timber Inspector, regarding the seizure of three booms of cedar under the Timber Manufacturing Act, 1906.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Chief Forester's correspondence

  • GR-1209
  • Series
  • 1919-1929

This series contains the Chief Forester's correspondence inward and outward.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Circulars from District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest management

  • GR-1216
  • Series
  • 1966-1977

This series contains circular letters from District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest protection, forest management, etc. It includes some circular letters from the Chief Forester to District Foresters.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest District (1953-1978)

Operational records

  • GR-1217
  • Series
  • 1950-1970

This series contains operational records from the Prince George Forest District and consists of property ledgers for "non-expendable property" - see: Operational Manual with instructions to Forest Officers ... (Victoria, 1942), pp. 161-168, 311-327 for definitions and instructions - and a uniform ledger containing records concerning items on charge to personnel who have left the district. Files 1-5, Volume 1 are a property ledger for the period 1953-1955; File 6, Volume 1 through File 1, Volume 4 are a property ledger, 1961-1966; and Files 2-4, Volume 4 contain a uniform ledger, 1950-1970.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest District (1953-1978)

Forest Museum records

  • GR-1229
  • Series
  • 1932-1979

This series contains miscellaneous records comprising visitors books, logs, manuals and circularized reports which were part of the BCFS Museum collection prior to January 1981. It includes visitors' books for mountain lookouts, 1938-1962; Forest Surveys Division manuals, 1954-1955; safety and training manuals; papers of the Inter-divisional Work Committee or Forest Inventory Projects, 1955-1959; synoptic reports of the Royal Commission on Forest Resources, 1955-1957; miscellaneous minutes on silviculture, reforestation and range management.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Research Division reports and other material

  • GR-1230
  • Series
  • 1929

This series contains an outline of the work of the Research Division with reports on general reforestation investigations, studies of forest yield, work done at the Aleza Lake and Cowichan Lake Experiment Stations, as well as reports on the Experimental Forest Nursery and Green Timbers Forestry Station.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Correspondence outward from the District Forester

  • GR-1232
  • Series
  • 1959-1977

This series contains circular letters from the District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest protection, forest management, range management, office methods etc. The records include some circular letters from the Chief Forester to District Foresters. The records are arranged chronologically.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest District (1953-1978)

Timber inventories in the Vancouver Forest District

  • GR-1235
  • Series
  • 1956-1959

This series contains inventories of mature and immature timber within the confines of the Cheakamus Reservoir area, Bridge River-Powell River, Bridge River-Rosedale and Cheekyo-Hornem Payne Transmission Line rights-of-way prepared by T and H Engineering and Forestry Ltd., and Forestal Forestry and Engineering International Ltd., for British Columbia Electric Company, submitted to the District Forester, Vancouver.

British Columbia. Vancouver Forest District

Timber inventory in the gas pipeline right-of-way

  • GR-1246
  • Series
  • 1956-1957

This series contains an inventory of merchantable and immature timber on Crown Land within the confines of the West Coast Transmission Co. Ltd. gas pipeline right-of-way by C.D. Schultz and Co. for Canadian Bechtel Ltd. submitted to the District Forester, Prince George.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest District (1953-1978)

Timber inventory in the oil pipeline right-of-way

  • GR-1247
  • Series
  • 1952

This series contains an inventory of the mature and immature timber on Crown Land within the confines of the Trans-Mountain Oil Pipe Line Company right-of-way prepared by C.D. Schultz and Co. for Canadian Bechtel Ltd. and submitted to the District Forester, Fort George. Internal evidence suggests that there were originally at least nine more folios to this report.

British Columbia. Fort George Forest District

Committee records

  • GR-1263
  • Series
  • 1969-1975

This series contains the working records of a committee established to draft revisions to the sections of the Forest Act relating to the protection of forests from fire.

British Columbia. Forest Protection Division

Ranger meeting agenda

  • GR-1269
  • Series
  • 1949

This series contains the agenda of discussion topics at the Vancouver Forest District Ranger Meeting held February 21-25, 1949.

British Columbia. Vancouver Forest District

Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1955-1957)

  • GR-1279
  • Series
  • 1955

This series contains the "Report to the Royal Commission on Forests and Forestry: The Background to Stand Treatment Policies in the Northern Interior." The report is illustrated with pasted-in photographs.

British Columbia. Forest Service

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